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    1909-S Inverted Mintmark Half, MS67+
    The Finest Certified
    From the Hugon Collection

    1909-S 50C MS67+ PCGS Secure. CAC. FS-501. This is the Inverted Mintmark variety although undesignated as such on the PCGS holder. PCGS has certified seven examples of the 1909-S half dollar as MS67, although this example from Dr. Shireman's collection is the only one of those to receive the coveted Plus designation.

    Normally, the S-mintmark was oriented with a small top serif and large bottom serif. The inverted S has the opposite orientation, appearing top-heavy. Inverted Mintmark variants are generally only found on San Francisco Mint coinage. The O of New Orleans coinage will look the same if normal or inverted, and other mintmarks that are inverted would be reason to discard the die as soon as the error was made.
    Sparkling mint luster is seen over each side, and is evident even through the light overlay of champagne-golden toning that turns to mottled gold at the margins. The only mark that could be used as a pedigree identifier in the future is a tiny abrasion located on Liberty's cheek approximately 2 mm. behind the nostril. An incredible coin that should be examined by anyone interested in the Barber half dollar series.
    Ex: FUN Signature (1/1998), lot 6947; John C. Hugon Collection (Heritage, 1/2005), lot 4254; Harry Laibstain (1/12/2005).
    From The Dr. Peter and Janice Shireman Collection.(Registry values: N4719) (NGC ID# 24NA, PCGS# 6518)

    Weight: 12.50 grams

    Metal: 90% Silver, 10% Copper

    Learn more at the Newman Numismatic Portal at Washington University in St. Louis.

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